Executions in Iran are up 30%, a new United Nations report says

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

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# 02 November 2023 08:58 (UTC +04:00)

Iran is carrying out executions “at an alarming rate,” putting to death at least 419 people in the first seven months of the year which is a 30% increase from the same period in 2022, the United Nations chief said, APA reports citing Associated Press.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the report to the U.N. General Assembly on the human rights situation in Iran that seven men were executed in relation to or for participating in nationwide protests, sparked by the September 2022 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was picked up by the morality police.

In all seven cases, information received by the U.N. human rights office “consistently indicated that the judicial proceedings did not fulfill the requirements for due process and a fair trial under international human rights law,” Guterres said. “Access to adequate and timely legal representation was frequently denied, with reports of coerced confessions, which may have been obtained as a result of torture.”

He said 239 people — more than half of those executed in the seven-month period — were reportedly put to death for drug-related offenses, a 98% increase from the same period last year.